The history of techniques and manufacture has, for a long time, been neglected by furniture scholars and furniture experts who have generally dated and attributed objects by reference to stylistic features and marks. My applied knowledge of manufacturing techniques enables me to look at furniture from a different view-point than that of traditional furniture scholars. Physical evidence such as tool marks, materials and details of construction is becoming increasingly relevant for the dating and attributing of an object. By working very closely with some of the finest pieces of furniture in the world, I have built up a reserve of knowledge that has already been put to use by several museums and collections.
I am in a position to advise potential buyers on the condition and the probable origin of a piece of furniture before large sums of money are invested. I am currently a member of the vetting committees at Masterpiece, London and at the Maastricht TEFAF. Besides private collectors, my client list includes public institutions such as the National Trust, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Lewis Walpole Library in Farmington (USA).